My mom has begun cleaning out her attic and has started to deliver a lot of my personal effects to our house over the past few weeks. The timing is great because we're having a garage (really...a "yard") sale next week. At the bottom of one of the boxes that contained a bunch of childhood items were these three vintage Matchbox Disney cars. Guess who I didn't really love? Looking at you, Minnie. Compare the paint job on Jiminy Cricket - and how banged up he is - compared to the relatively untouched Minnie. Also, see that "TJ" on the front hood of Jiminy's Rolls Royce? That's what I was called for a few years when I was a little one. I actually don't remember that period, but I'm reminded every once in a while when one of my Aunt's calls me that at a family gathering.
Don't worry. These cars aren't going in the garage sale. The Babe had asked recently for some 'cars' - after playing with them at her friend Michael's house over the weekend - so she'll be thrilled when she sees these!
Earlier this winter, I wrote about the old Lou Malnati's menu and mentioned that as I was waiting around for my pie to finish up, I spied an old Chicago Tribune article posted on the wall that included the original Lou Malnati's Italian Salad Dressing Recipe. The Tribune reporter called it "prized". We were set to host a little pizza party over the weekend, so I figured I'd give it a shot. Here's the article as seen through my mobile phone's camera. I'm not a wine drinker, so the fact that the recipe called for Burgundy wine didn't strike me as odd. I went shopping at Angelo Caputos in Addison - a really incredible shopping experience - and when I got to the wine section I found Burgundy wine was carried ONLY in those HUGE jugs. And they were dirt cheap. The only issue is that needed just 4 ounces. We ended up with a whole-lotta-wine that Nat won't drink. I've taken the recipe and modified it a bit by eliminating the percentage
I first came across a Weeping White Spruce tree via Laura @ Garden Answer on Youtube . I've embedded her video below and have set it to start at 1:03 mark in the video where she talks about how they picked this tree out. In particular, she talks about how we're not supposed to judge an evergreen by what it looks like as a 'baby tree'. The Weeping White Spruce is a columnar evergreen and it is a weeping tree. By now, you guys know I love columnar varieties of trees and are drawn to those because it means that I can pack more trees into the yard as they grow. The first weeping conifer that I bought was last year was the Weeping Himalayan Cedar Tree that I planted about a year ago . Earlier this month, I posted my concern for the tree as it had suddenly turned brown, but the good news is that it seems it has recovered and there is new, green growth all over the place . I also added six ( but just three of them planted so far) Canadian Hemlocks to br
Move over vegetable garden and garage pavillion, there's potentially a new entrant into the currently crowded backyard at the Parrillo household. Behold: this beauty. The Cedar Summit Panorama Playset from Costco. Comes with 3 swings and a tube slide. Nat spotted this behemoth at Costco and after doing a bit of comparison shopping at a place like Menards (more expensive, I think) and Wannemaker's (don't sell these type of things any more), it appears to be a fair deal. It is a kit - so I'd be putting it together myself, but I'm up for that challenge. The real issue is getting it home. I'm going to head back to Costco to take a look to see if it will fit in Nat's car with the back seats folded down. If not, it seems like I'll be renting a truck from Home Depot. Yes, the Babe is likely too small for a lot of this, but certainly NOT the swings. We take her to the park on a regular basis and she gets a kick out of the swings. The whole fort t